Miami Innovation Chief Adds Tech to Title

The city of Miami’s innovation leader has a new job title more reflective of his responsibilities and the agency’s unified approach to how technology can connect nearly half a million residents with the municipal services they need. Miami native Michael Sarasti (pictured at left), who joined the city in May 2016 as chief innovation officer — then, a new position in Miami and in the South Florida region — was named its Director of Innovation and Technology on May 15, and will now also lead information technology. Sarasti told Government Technology the city’s strategic planning office will be fused under his leadership, and he’ll have oversight of its employees and his existing staff. The director, who described his initial role at the city as divided between process improvement work and civic-oriented technology projects, said the shift reflects the agency’s growing relationship with technology; and the considerable thought given to process during the past two years, as well as framing data innovation as process improvement. The city launched its monthly Innovation Academy late last year, and Sarasti said the process of training around 100 employees thus far has been a tremendous help in changing the mindset at City Hall. There’s a…

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